The title compound, C18H12N2O, comprises two aromatic fragments, viz., imidazo[2,1-a]isoquinoline and benzene, linked by oxygen and methyl-ene bridges. Despite the absence of a common conjugative system within the mol-ecule, it adopts an essentially planar conformation with an r.m.s. deviation of 0. 036 Å. In the crystal, due to this structure, mol-ecules form stacks along the b axis by π⋯π stacking inter-actions, with shortest C⋯C distances in the range 3.340 (4)-3.510 (4) Å. The mol-ecules are bound by inter-molecular C - H⋯O inter-actions within the stacks and C - H⋯π inter-actions between the stacks.